Heating Plates for Chick Brooders
|Plate Item #||540207||540203||540241||540204|
|Cover Item #||5402078||540205||540242||540206|
|Capacity||Up to 15 chicks||Up to 20 chicks||Up to 30 chicks||Up to 50 chicks|
|Plate & Cover||10" x 10"||12" x 12"||16" x 16"||16" x 24"|
|Cover Height||3.5"||5"||7"||7"||Watts||15 watts/hr||22 watts/hr||42 watts/hr||66 watts/hr|
Height of all sizes adjusts from 1.5" to 6" by adjusting the yellow legs. ABS plastic. Cord: 70"L
Use a Heating Plate Temperature Controller which allows control of Premier's Heating Plates output between 20% - 100% of full output.
Heating plate advantages over a heat lamp:
- Uses much less electricity. Only 15 watts (66 for the larger plate) vs 175 or 250 watts for a heat lamp.
- Less risk of fire because of the much lower surface temperature (only 125°).
- Field observation: Birds raised under plates appear more calm than those raised under lamps.
The rugged plate cover (optional and sold above) prevents older chicks from perching on top and fouling the unit with droppings. However, the plate can be hand-washed (do not submerge in water) to remove dust and debris.
How to Use
Worried that the plate feels hot to the touch? It isn't. If chicks get too warm, they can and do move out from under it for a time. Don't overcrowd—chicks need to have space to move around as they like.
When the heating plate is plugged directly into the outlet, the red light comes on and stays on.
When it is plugged into the Heating Plate Temperature Controller, it will blink based on the min/max adjustment. Slow blink toward minimum and quicker toward max. If you turn it all the way up, it will come on full time.
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Priscilla R from South Carolina
This exceeds my expectations! I chose this heat plate because I wanted something safe and easy to use without worrying about fires and heat lamps falling over. So far, it has been absolutely perfect! I had 12 chicks hatch recently, and they seem to love it and be quite comfortable. It is easy to adjust as well, as the chicks keep growing and need different height requirements. I’ll be getting more if I decide to grow my chick hatching business. (I definitely recommend getting the covering as well, because the chicks will do their business all over it if you don’t. Even with the covering, they’re still trying to jump on top, but thankfully, they can’t stay there.) :)
Sandra H from Alabama
Just what I needed.
Will C from North Carolina
Really like the convenience of the cover and now the top of the heating plate stays clean.
David E from California
I love my heating plate. It’s much simpler than a light and I feel safer with it on than a heat lamp. The chicks love it too. They sleep under it and I only had to show them once that it was warm. I bought the temperature control but found I really did not need it. I just leave it on max all the time. I’ll never use a heat lamp again.
Oliver D from Wisconsin
My package shipped INCREDIBLY quickly and came in in perfect condition. By my own fault, I had ordered the brooders far later than I should have, and I thought that I would have to run out and pick up an extra heat lamp to hold me over until the plates came in, but they showed up 2–3 days before I expected them! Totally saved my tail.
Both my chickens and quail love them though. I see them huddled under and napping on top all throughout the day. They definitely seem much more comfortable with this product than they did the heat lamps I had used in the past. The adjustable legs seem super sturdy, and are very user friendly too. This product (and Premier’s service) has been fantastic for me so far—ESPECIALLY for the very reasonable price.